I was watching the news last night and what caught my attention is the increase toll fee come June 30, 2010. The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) finaly allowed the Malaysian firm to adjust the rates.
Have google the said news to check the new price scheme increase and found this link. The new toll rates are: P2.73/km for Class 1 (cars/vans/jeeps), P5.46/km for Class 2 vehicles, and P8.19/km for Class 3 (busses), up from the old rates of P0.75/km. for Class 1, P1.51/km. for Class 2, and P2.27/km. for Class 3 (heavy trucks and trailers).
If that is the case, from Alabang to Calamba, the new toll fees are: P77.00 for Class 1 (formely P 22.00), P155.00 for Class 2 (formerly P43.00), and P232.00 for Class 3 (formerly P 65.00).
Whoww, almost 250% increase fee on the present toll price!!
They are giving increase in the price due to:
- Rehabilitation of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) expanding a 1.2-kilometer Alabang Viaduct and the 27.3-km road from Alabang to Calamba. SLEx is also linked to the Southern Arterial Road ( STAR) through the 7.6-km extension from Calamba to Santo Tomas in Batangas province
- Other developments woud include — four lanes, six bridges, three overpasses and a flyover — expected to enable faster travel between Metro Manila and the Port of Batangas
- It will also be monitored by cameras mounted on high masts and connected to an operations control center.
South Luzon Tollways Corp. (SLTC) said that project cost was initially estimated at P8.5 billion, but has reached P11 billion due to rising prices of supplies during construction.
I can personally claim that my travel time from Alabang to Calamba has reduced to 30 minutes compare to one hour.
But then, despite all the improvements, the toll fee increase must not drastically that much and justifiable. Commuters must see and feel first the improvements not only the road but the other developments mentioned before they increase.
From this development, SLTC must continuously obligated to maintain the SLEx and provide the best service to the motorists.
Rediscover Nature at its Best,